February 2016

The official opening of the new WISE national headquarters at Leeds College of Building took place on Monday 8 February. 
Representatives from our corporate member organisations were introduced to HRH The Princess Royal before Her Royal Highness unveiled a commemorative plaque, generously provided by the College.
HRH The Princess Royal stressed the importance of showing girls the variety of roles available in science, technology and engineering. 'Robots may be the future, but someone needs to build the robots', she said. Guest speaker Beth West, Commercial Director of High Speed Two talked about the compelling business case for diversity in the workforce. Fionnuala McGowan, quantity surveyor at Laing O’Rourke, who worked on the Trinity shopping centre project in Leeds after completing her apprenticeship, joined a panel of women sharing their experiences of working in the built environment. The panel, chaired by two members of the WISE Young Women’s BoardKathryn Grant of British Sugar and Stephanie Newman of Rolls-Royce plc, included students, apprentices and WISE Awards winner Helen James of BAM Nuttall. WISE role models challenged preconceptions about the type of person who works in construction, simply by being themselves. The event was covered by BBC local radio and Look North.
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New resource pack to show girls the opportunities in technology
TechUK has commissioned WISE to produce a People Like Me pack featuring role models working in technology. Sponsored by Accenture, CA Technologies, Cerner, Citrix, Intel and Salesforce, the pack includes activities for use with girls, matching them to roles which will suit their personality type.  

Welcome to new corporate members BMT Group, HS2, EDF Energy, Hull College, Cardiff University, Synergy Vision and the many individuals who joined WISE following our launch this month. We look forward to supporting you to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology and engineering across the UK. 

Helen Wollaston
Chief Executive
Working together to transform workplace culture
WISE Members and Ten Steps supporters, the Association of Consulting and Engineering (ACE), launched a good practice guide last month drawing on the WISE Ten Steps, with its own set of recommendations for companies: 
Diversity & Inclusion - Marginal or Mandatory
Martha Lane Fox to address Ten Steps signatories 
Martha Lane Fox, whose new initiative wants Britain to the best place in the world for a woman to work in technology, will address the CEOs and Chairs who have signed up their companies to the Ten Steps at a workshop hosted by McKinsey and Company on the 22 March. Allan Cook CBE, Chairman of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Diversity Leadership Group, who has championed the Ten steps from the outset, will join WISE and MckInsey in this event for leaders determined to drive the benefits of gender balance in their organisation and the wider industry.  
Early Career Energy Sector Chemists Symposium 2016
16 February, London
WISE Board member Nina Skorupska (Renewable Energy Association) will be giving a Careers presentation at the Early Career Energy Sector Chemists Symposium 2016. 
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Show girls STEM is for them
1 March, Leeds
Learn how to deliver People Like Me sessions to girls. Discounts for teachers, charitable organisations, students and WISE Corporate Members. 
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Return to work course
Starts 2 March, Epsom, Surrey
Are you currently on maternity leave and preparing to return to work? Have you returned to work within the last six months? Delivered by Skills4, this two-day programme for women in STEM will deliver renewed confidence and practical tools to help you focus on specific areas of your work and home life, 
Discount for WISE Members. Find out more
FREE Event for teachers, parents and girls
10 March, Hull
A free workshop for schoolgirls (13-18) , parents and teachers who want to find out more about Apprenticeships, HE pathways and the engineering and technician routes available in the construction and engineering sectors.
Book your free place
A fresh approach to recruitment
15 March, London
Join the next Knowledge Sharing Event at Mace to hear how different companies are taking a creative approach to job design in order to attract more women to roles in the built environment and the wider STEM sector. Free for WISE members.  
Book your place
Join up STEM outreach in Leeds
14 March, Leeds
WISE has joined forces with Ahead Partnership and Siemens in Leeds to work on a more consistent outreach programme in local schools. We are looking for 10 local STEM employers to join us at this follow up event to the opening of the WISE office in Leeds. Contact Shagufta to register your interest -
Career Development Courses
Starts 21 April, Manchester
Starts 27 April, 
Award winning 4 day course spread over 3 months delivered by Skills 4. Support, guidance and coaching to women at any stage of their career, looking to move to the next level. Discount for WISE Members.
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Flexible working opportunities
Flexiworkforce is a specialist online recruitment job site dedicated to all forms of flexible working. Find out about opportunities available on the Flexiworkforce website
Higher Education Statistics
Statistics published last month show fewer women graduated from UK universities with a STEM degree in 2015 than in 2014 (nearly 6,000 fewer, a drop of 5%). A total of 22,130 women graduated in 2015 in the five core subjects most relevant to construction, engineering and technology. Although the total number of men and women graduates fell by 7%, there was a slight increase in women graduating with a degree in engineering and technology
WISE analysis of HESA statistics
WISE Awards & Conference
Thursday 10 November 2016
Save the date
WISE Awards
Grand Connaught Rooms
WISE Conference - hosted by the IET at Savoy Place
Sponsorship opportunities available.
Please contact Sarah Shaw:
Research reports from our members
Yvette Solomon, Professor of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University who represents WISE on a Core Maths Senior Advisory Group, has shared her paper on Gender and participation in mathematics on the WISE Member area of our website.  
Why Science Needs People Who Cry
View Emily Grossman's talk at Tedx 
"My aim is also to dispel the stereotype of the cold, unemotional scientist."  Emily is one of our first licensed trainers for People like me training
Gender targets for transport infrastructure apprenticeships
Transport infrastructure skills strategy: building sustainable skills
Launched on 28 January 2016 by the Transport Minister, the strategy, backed by our newest Corporate Member HS2, calls for 20% of new engineering and technical apprenticeships to be for women and 20% to people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds by 2020. 
Women in Rail - Industry Survey
The first report analysing employment in the rail sector by gender shows that amongst a total workforce of 85,723, 14,024 or 16.4% are female. Request a copy of the Industry Survey from Women in Rail. You can also Nominate a Woman in Rail who inspires you
WISE at APPG on Sex Equality
WISE Young Women’s Board Chair Lucy Collins attended the re-launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Sex Equality recently and heard from Jo Churchill MP, who herself has owned her own construction company and has 4 daughters, one of whom is an Engineer. Lucy and Jo had a lot of common ground to connect on and are continuing to discuss WISE. The forum, which has a remit to campaign for the advancement of sex equality in the UK, has stated that advancing equality between men and women is an issue that cuts across party political boundaries. In times of austerity, it is especially important that decisions makers – including politicians – consider the impact of their policies on equality between women and men.
Shortlist for Agent of Change
Congratulations to WISE Associate, Fay Best, who has been shortlisted for the Northern Power Women Agent of Change Award. See the shortlist
Featured STEM Job Vacancies
Membership Director
WISE Campaign. Home-based / London
Closes 12th February 2016
Graduate Support Engineer
SKA Organisation, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire, UK
Closes 12th February 2016
SKA Project Scientist
SKA Organisation, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire, UK
Closes 29th February 2016
NG Bailey Apprenticeship Opportunities
Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Reading and London
Closes 26th February 2016
Career Opportunities for Engineers, Scientists, Computer Scientists and Mathematicians
The Intellectual Property Office, Newport, South Wales
Closes 13th March 2016
Research Portfolio Managers (six roles)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Swindon
Closes 16th March 2016
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